The Norwegian transmission electron microscopy centre, NORTEM, is a nationally coordinated project between the two leading TEM-groups in Norway in Trondheim and Oslo, with three partners: SINTEF, NTNU and UiO. The total cost of the project, 15.5 M euros, was co-financed by the Research Council of Norway (7.7 M euros) and own contributions from the three partners.



The vision of NORTEM is to become a world-class TEM centre providing access to expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructure for fundamental and applied research within the physical sciences in Norway.


Focus areas

Light metals and their alloys, energy related material systems, catalysis, and nanotechnology are the main focus areas for NORTEM.



NORTEM aims to build activities in academic research and competence building in partnership with national and international academic and research institutes, as well as Norwegian and international industry.


Management structure

The NORTEM management structure consists of a board and a project management team. The project management team consists of Randi Holmestad (NTNU - project leader), Øystein Prytz (UiO), Spyros Diplas (SINTEF) and Ragnar Fagerberg (SINTEF). The board consists of representatives of the three partners: Rudie Spooren (SINTEF - project owner), Jøran Moen (UiO) and Erik Wahlstrøm (NTNU).